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Ruben Guadalupe Marquez + What To Read This Weekend

by Grace Bonney

Lately I’ve been finding myself spending more and more time with collage. It feels perfectly tied to the 90s resurgence happening in fashion right now and it connects to my 90s high school experience, where I spent most of my down time collaging (and then laminating or decoupaging) everything and anything with photos I tore out of Rolling Stone and Vogue.

I’m always finding collage artists to follow on Instagram and today I wanted to shout out one of my favorites, Ruben Guadalupe Marquez. Ruben is a photographer and collage artist based in San Francisco who incorporates brightly colored botanical elements into his work. I personally love his dedication to celebrating great LGBTQ artists, writers and entertainers and whenever I look at his Instagram feed, I feel uplifted and inspired. If you need some visual inspiration (Ruben also has an Etsy shop with wearable versions of his work), click here to check out his page (If you love RuPaul’s Drag Race like I do, you’re in for a great surprise). And if you need more online reading inspiration, check out our favorite stories from around the web this week. xo, Grace

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Green with envy: I love love love dark green paint. This roundup of deep green kitchens is a great resource to bookmark if you ever want to take the plunge and paint.

Terra Cotta Tacos: The colors in this gorgeous taco restaurant in Sydney are SO rich and warm.

Speaking of dark green: the wall color in this amazing home that Victoria posted is moody and glamorous and I love it.

Modern Love: This week’s episode of Modern Love features a bittersweet essay that talks about the way furniture in our home can represent so much more. There’s also a funny mention of our blog, Apartment Therapy and Domino at 2:30.

Mandalas: These sculptural mandalas made from found parts by Shona Wilson are so delicate and lovely.

Go West: These playful “landscape” photographs of the “wild west” made from faux fur are fascinating.

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  • Collage!! I do not know what it has that make me so attracted to it… Maybe is the paper thing, I just don’t know. I love the delicate collages that @ninapajaro makes. Two years ago I had the opportunity to pass an afternoon in an open air workshop just outside of Retiro Garden in Madrid, with her and @Alvaro.Sobrino, that is also the man that makes @los.dias.contados project year after year. He prepares a calendar, one image for each day, and everyone is invited to buy it and post online a collage a day, everyone has the same image, so it is very interesting to see what each person makes. I’m still trying to find time for collaging, and my 2017 calendar is still there, waiting for me and my scissors.

  • Hey Grace
    Thanks for showing Shona Wilson’s work, I have been fan of her incredible worlds of exquisite found object for many years. The feeling of sheer delight and excitement to seeing them. I discovered a love of collage with a degree course a few years ago. Using found newspapers (circa 1944 and 1969), poetry books, old world maps and personal calligraphic pieces I created social commentary with abstraction and a serendipitous approach.

    If you are interested in seeing
    Many Thanks for your voice of reason and sensibility in the blogosphere and great inspiration for my daily ritual.


  • Hi Grace,
    I just wanted to thank you for mentioning the work of Ruben Guadalupe Marquez. His collages are incredible. I followed the links in the article and ended up buying a tee and a sweatshirt on etsy by him. They arrived today and i couldn’t be happier. A sweatshirt designed by an artist, professionally printed for a mere $25 bucks. That’s the price of a beer and a burger here in s.f..
    Thanks for updating my wardrobe!


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